Mt. Bierstadt in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area has become so popular with hikers, that federal land managers are taking it upon themselves to find a way to keep folks off the public lands.

CBS4 reports that a new user fee is in the works, and that other options are to limit entry during peak periods and restrict parking.

We’re scratching our heads over the math on this one.

There are as many as 400 vehicles in the parking lot during peak times, but the average number of people on the summit at one time during weekends is 28.

That’s a lot of slackers.

We’re willing to bet that keeping people off the summit will cost taxpayers more money than letting folks climb the fourteener.

This is what nature lovers fail to understand every time they support a liberal politician’s legislation to create more designated wilderness areas. It sounds good in theory, but in reality it means they don’t get to enjoy it anytime they want.